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CABI Headquarters and Care Village

Cabi Headquarters and Care Village - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

CABI, an international, not-for-profit, science-based information and development organisation that solves agricultural and environmental problems, needed a new headquarters. The building replaces its existing HQ in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. The £40 million, on-going project comprises:

  • Demolition of all existing buildings on site
  • Construction of a BREEAM Excellent exemplar headquarters, comprising two-storeys and 3,100m² of office space, while allowing CABI to continue operating throughout construction
  • Delivery of a new ‘care village’ to provide the enabling funding for the HQ building, comprising 56 retirement units and 24 key worker flats constructed to at least Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3.

Ridge has been integral to getting the project off to a sound start. We worked with planning consultants to achieve outline planning permission for the scheme and undertook commercial and contractual negotiations with a number of developers regarding the care village.

Our professionals also took the client brief for the office and tendered through a design competition to appoint the architect, design team and quantity surveyor. As a result, the headquarters will be a unique development that reflects the client’s values and incorporates energy-saving measures well beyond current building regulations. Key elements of the design include:

  • Passive solar features
  • Energy efficiency
  • Reduced use of resources
  • Alternative energy sources such as solar panels, ventilation turbines, motorised windows for night-time cooling, ground-source heating and biomass heating
  • Renewable and locally sourced materials, including as grey water recycling
  • Low maintenance requirements due to materials used and design of services and grounds.
Cabi Headquarters and Care Village  - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Cabi Headquarters and Care Village - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Cabi Headquarters and Care Village  - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Cabi Headquarters and Care Village - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Cabi Headquarters and Care Village  - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Cabi Headquarters and Care Village - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Cabi Headquarters and Care Village  - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Cabi Headquarters and Care Village - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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